Biden pledges to enact pro-LGBT Equality Act in first 100 days as president

by Peter Heck · Oct 30th, 2020 8:23 am

Last Updated Nov 3rd, 2020 at 9:02 pm

Joe Biden pledged on Thursday that within his first 100 days in office, he would sign into law the Equality Act, a pro-LGBT bill that President Trump has warned is "filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights."

As written, the Equality Act would amend existing federal law in an effort to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would specifically target education, employment, housing, schools, facilities, and access to federal funds.

What Biden called "essential to reducing economic barriers and ensuring consistent protection from discrimination for LGBT individuals," others have pointed out represent a serious threat to the efficacy of things like women's sports.

Prominent lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova co-authored a Washington Post editorial last year expressing support for the ultimate goal of the act, but warning that in its current form, the law would "make it unlawful to differentiate among girls and women in sports on the basis of sex for any purpose." In other words, schools and other entities would be required to allow biological males who identify as females to participate in all female sports.

Additionally, critics of the bill say that it will empower even young children to seek and receive hormone and transgender operations over the objection of their parents. Churches, religious schools, and universities would also be barred from maintaining sexual ethics requirements for their employees under the Equality Act.

Biden appears unconcerned by those objections.

"We need to root out discrimination in our laws, institutions, and public spaces," he said. "Religion should not be used as a license to discriminate, and as president I will oppose legislation to deny LGBTQ+ equal treatment in public places."


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